Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of children worldwide and often continues into adulthood. Individuals with ADHD who do not receive appropriate identification or treatment are at increased risk for the following:

  • chronic stress

  • a higher risk of stress-related diseases

  • low self esteem

  • underachievement

  • anxiety and depression

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Types of ADHD

There are three types of ADHD:

  • Primarily Inattentive: The person has difficulty paying attention but does not tend to be disruptive.

  • Primarily Hyperactive and impulsive: The person may be able to focus well, but their hyperactive and impulsive behavior can cause disruptions.

  • Combined inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive.

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Common Symptoms

  • Difficulty sitting still

  • Restless

  • Often described as “on the go” or “driven by a motor”

  • Constantly talking

  • Difficulty taking turns

  • Interrupting others

Gender Differences In ADHD

ADHD may present differently in girls and many girls remain without a diagnosis because their symptoms are often different from boys.

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ADHD SYMPTOMS IN GIRLS

  • Talking all the time, even when parents or teachers ask them to stop

  • Frequent crying, even from small disappointments

  • Constantly interrupting conversations or activities that include their friends

  • Trouble paying attention

  • Frequent daydreaming

  • Having a messy bedroom, desk, or backpack

  • Difficulty finishing assigned work

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ADHD SYMPTOMS IN BOYS

  • Running and shouting when playing, even indoors

  • Playing too roughly

  • Bumping into people and things

  • Constantly moving even when seated

  • Trouble making friends

  • Difficulty managing their emotions

  • Behave like class clown

ADHD SYMPTOMS IN ADULTS

  • Impulsiveness

  • Disorganization and problems prioritizing

  • Poor time management skills

  • Problems focusing on a task

  • Trouble multitasking

  • Excessive activity or restlessness

  • Poor planning

  • Low frustration tolerance

  • Frequent mood swings

  • Problems following through and completing tasks

  • Hot temper

  • Trouble coping with stress

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ADHD EVALUATION PROCESS

ADHD is a highly treatable condition with numerous intervention options. We can help accurately and objectively determine if you or your child have ADHD and develop an effective treatment plan.

  • Our ADHD evaluation relies on a comprehensive evaluation using a variety of objective assessment tools.

  • We do not rely solely on subjective measures and reports.  

  • DEPS uses The Test of Variables of Attention, T.O.V.A. The TOVA test is an FDA-cleared, computerized, and objective measure of attention and inhibitory control normed by gender for ages 4 to 80+.

  • The T.O.V.A. provides objective measurements of attention and inhibitory control.

  • he T.O.V.A. aids in the assessment of, and evaluation of treatment for, attention deficits, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

  • In addition, we offer the Cogmed Working Memory Training which is a highly effective intervention for individuals with ADHD.